River Adur - Coastal Link & Sculpture Trail


Type:Natural Feature

Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5FF
Coastal Path along the River Adur overlooking Lancing College Chapel


If you fancy something a little more laid back, a stroll and picnic along the Coastal Link makes a relaxing half-day alternative to sightseeing. The Coastal Link is an important pedestrian, bridle and cycle path, which runs along the banks of the River Adur.

The Coastal Link joins Shoreham to the South Downs and connects with the South Downs Way and the Downs Link - two long distance bridle and cycle paths. There are many other walks, bridle and cycle paths throughout the district, which provide pleasant routes around the Downs and the River Valley.

The Sculpture Trail runs alongside the banks of the River Adur and forms part of the southern end of the Coastal Link. You will also find more installations of public art further down the river on the water front walk at the Ropetackle development between the Norfolk Bridge and the railway bridge.

The River Adur is the namesake of the Adur district of West Sussex. The name of the river is thought to have been derived from the word ‘dwyr’ which is Welsh/Celtic for water. At one time the river was used by large vessels to transport items up to Steyning, which also had a large port, but once the river started to silt up the port was moved, and the river ceased to be used for large transportation. Back in the medieval period the River Adur was also used for transportation to the ports of New Shoreham and Bramber.

The Adur starts from two different branches known as the eastern and western Adur, which meet up together to form one long stretch of river slightly west of the town of Henfield. The eastern Adur River begins in East Sussex at the Ditchling Common until it crosses over to West Sussex and meets up with a stream that is found in Twineham.

At the beginning of the river its flow is fed in Shermanbury by the Cowfold Stream. The western Adur River begins at Sinfold and circles around Coolham where it continues on to flow through Shipley, until it meets Lancing Broo, and continues on through Knepp Castle and West Grinstead.

The western portion of the river is much stronger in flow, and even tidal in the North, towards the Bines Bridge, which is south from the town of West Grinstead. When the two sections of the river meet up by Henfield they flow through the South Downs, past Lancing College, which is where the sacred Ladywell Stream feeds into it. From there the river continues until it dumps out in the English Channel.

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

River runs north to south and main routes A27 and A259 cross at various places.

Public Transport Directions

Stagecoach 700 bus route between Brighton and Worthing crosses the river near the estuary.Route 9 croses north of the town centre.Shoreham-by-Sea railway station is 10 minutes walk (taxis are available). For up to date timetables and public transport information contact : Traveline 0871 200 2233 web: www.traveline.org.uk

Opening Times

2024 (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

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